Teen who robbed and attacked Richmond senior citizen seeks a reduced sentence

A young person who is currently serving time in a correctional facility was 15 years old when convicted of robbing and stabbing a 77-year-old woman in Richmond. The individual is now seeking a sentence reduction.

On the brink of her 17th birthday this Wednesday, Savanna Haile Young’s name has been in the headlines since she was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, by Judge Charles Todd Jr. of Superior Court 1 in August 2022.

Based in Indianapolis, Young admitted to committing robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 2 felony that carries a sentence of up to 30 years.

In April 2022, Young faced criminal charges as she was waived into adult court. The allegations against her involved running away from a youth treatment facility in Richmond and breaking into the house of a 77-year-old victim on South L Street.

After the attack, the victim received medical care at both Reid Hospital and a facility in Indianapolis.

Upon her arrest, Young was found in possession of the woman’s cellphone and a sweatshirt that had been taken from her residence.

As per the recent court documents, Young has filed a petition for post-conviction relief in Superior Court 1. She claimed that she had signed the plea agreement without the presence of any parent or guardian to resolve her case.

According to her, the defense attorneys advised her to plead guilty, warning that failing to do so would result in a lifetime behind bars. She also claimed that they told her other lies in an attempt to persuade her to take the plea deal.

Young added that his lawyers had informed him that he would only have to serve a maximum of seven years, regardless of the circumstances.

Incarceration did not deter the teenage girl from maintaining her good behavior, as she wrote that she has “continued to have good behavior while incarcerated.”

According to Young, she was detained at the LaPorte Juvenile Correctional Facility situated in the northwestern region of Indiana.

As per the website of the State Department of Correction, she is expected to be released in October 2029, just a day before she turns 23.

You can reach out to Douglas Walker, a proficient news reporter at The Star Press, by either calling him at 765-213-5851 or emailing him at [email protected].

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